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Managing Data Governance in a Cloud-Focused World

The rate at which companies are amassing data is staggering. More than half of organizations today (57%) have production workloads running in the cloud and with the amount of new devices being introduced that create, consume and transmit data to the cloud, it has become critical to have some type of cloud governance program in place. However, one of the most challenging elements of such a program is how to manage an organization’s sensitive data. This data could encompass anything from bank account and credit card numbers to HR payroll data. Misuse or negligent handling of this information could cost companies tens of thousands of dollars per record lost in a potential data breach. Besides monetary consequences, we’ve also seen how disastrous a data breach can be to customer confidence. Cloud governance is nothing to scoff at!

When the stakes are this high, it is understandable that companies are reluctant to trust the cloud. Gartner predicts that “through 2020, 95% of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault.” However, cloud providers have made significant improvements to their security offerings over the last five years. This means that with proper planning and preparation, you can still reap the benefits of cloud efficiency and agility while maintaining appropriate levels of security.

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Connecting On-Premise Systems to Cloud Infrastructure

Many organizations are moving applications and workloads to the cloud. The move enables IT to quickly scale resources based on actual need and provides consolidated management of infrastructure at a global level. Because of reliability and security issues associated with a basic internet connection, your business should be aware of alternative methods of connecting your existing network to your network in the cloud, such as Amazon’s VPC VPN and Direct Connect options. While there are many cloud providers, this article focuses on Amazon’s cloud offerings.

An effective way to utilize the cloud is to connect on premise systems to an AWS cloud system, creating a hybrid cloud environment. There are several methods for achieving this, as well as several uses for this type of cloud environment. There are many uses for a hybrid cloud environment, including: development and test environments, building new apps (both on premise and cloud), creating apps that integrate back to on premise systems, or migrating existing apps to the cloud. Whatever your business chooses to use the cloud for, you should be aware of the options for connecting your on-premise environment with your cloud environment.

VPC VPN

One option for connecting your on-premise environment and your AWS cloud environment is a VPN. The Amazon AWS VPC creates an encrypted private channel for transferring data between your on premise network and your Amazon VPC network. The AWS VPC is managed through Amazon’s Virtual Private Gateway, which allows multiple VPC connections to various sites. Each VPC connection requires a ‘Customer Gateway’ which calls for a unique public IP address. Once connection is established between each site, data can be sent and received from the cloud network (VPC) as if you were using any standard VPN connection.

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Emily About Emily Detmer

Emily is a Business Intelligence consultant with experience in SAP Data Services, Universe Design, SAP  BusinessObjects BI Suite and SAP HANA. Emily came to Decision First Technologies in 2014 after graduating from  Georgia Southern University.

 

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